UN calls for high level meeting as India rejects its report

A day after the Indian Foreign Ministry rejected the UN report on human rights violations in Kashmir, the United Nations has called for a high-level meeting to decide on the future course of action. United Nations is likely to take a decision on a high-level independent probe into Kashmir.

India on Thursday had termed the UN report “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”, and had lodged a strong protest with the United Nations, saying the government is “deeply concerned that individual prejudices are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution.”

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“The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a strongly-worded statement.

The 49-page report is titled:

“Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan”.

It has been issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report states that it is not based on any on-ground assessment and is instead based on “remote monitoring”. It cites a number of publications and reports in India and also states that such quality and quantity of information wasn’t available in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

In the report, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights did, however, ask Pakistan to end its “misuse” of anti-terror legislation to persecute peaceful activists and quash dissent.

Asserting that there was an “urgent need” to address the past and ongoing human rights violations, the report said, “any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations.”


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